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Black crappie in Jordan Lake have rebounded after a 2011 die-off and should offer fishermen a great spring this year. Net survey shows Jordanís crappie on the rebound

Biologists Jessica Baumann and Corey Oakley of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conducted crappie surveys using trap and gill nets in October and November 2012 after a 2011 shad die-off and resulting crappie mortality.

The loss of threadfin shad in the lake stressed crappie — many of them starved — during a period of extreme heat and rising water temperatures.

The two biologists collected 2,247 crappie, with trap nets taking fish along the shoreline and gill nets collecting black crappie offshore.


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Tight-lining, or fishing with lures dropped straight down, is a favorite of spring crappie anglers. Any color is good ó as long as itís blue

Successful crappie fishing at Jordan Lake in March can hinge on having a jig in the color fish prefer that day.

Freddie Sinclair tries to match lure colors by water stain.

“The color of the jigs I use depends on the water color,” he said. “If it’s tea color, a little muddy, I like orange or darker colors like brown/chartreuse, black/chartreuse or blue/black, but every one of them needs some blue in it, even chartreuse.”


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Blue catfish, native to the Mississippi River drainage, have been stocked and moved to river systems and reservoirs across the Southeast, where they have become a popular target for anglers. Blue catfish in North Carolina

The blue catfish, Ictalurus furcatus, is the largest species of North American catfish and has potential to reach 150 pounds. Their native range is primarily the Mississippi River drainage, but these large catfish have been introduced into many other reservoirs and river systems nationwide, including several in North Carolina.

Blue catfish are opportunistic predators and have been known to eat any species of fish they can catch, plus crayfish, mussels, frogs and more. Blue catfish are truly opportunistic and will readily eat wounded or dead prey.


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Guide Chris Hammill concentrates on big blue catfish on several reservoirs on the Yadkin system, including Badin Lake. Badin Lake and the Yadkin River system

Badin Lake is part of the Yadkin River system that was formed by impounding sections of the river to support an aluminum-smelting plant in the town of Badin operated by Alcoa. Badin is downstream of High Rock and Tuckertown lakes and upstream of tiny Falls Lake and Lake Tillery, where the Uwharrie River joins the Yadkin to form the Pee Dee River before it flows through Blewett Falls Lake and into South Carolina on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. Badin Dam was completed and the lake impounded in 1917.


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Eric Fincherís 89-pound blue catfish, caught Nov. 25, 2006 from Badin Lake, is the reigning state record for the species. Badin produced state-record blue catfish

North Carolina’s state-record blue catfish weighed 89 pounds and was caught in Badin Lake on Nov. 25, 2006, by Eric Fincher. It replaced an 85-pound fish that had been caught in Lake Norman in 2004.

Fincher, who was striper fishing, caught the big catfish on a live shiner fished 18 feet deep in a section of the lake that was 43 feet deep. He was fishing an Eagle Claw medium-action rod, with an Abu Garcia 6500 reel and 15-pound line.


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Water temperature matters more to Rich Szczerbala than lure colors at Falls of Neuse, but he does like white/chartreuse and black/blue. Colors are secondary at Falls Lake

Former guide Richard Szczerbala said that finding the correct water temperature — 55 to 58 degrees in March — is the most-important factor in catching prespawn Falls of Neuse bass.


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The mid-lake area of Falls of the Neuse can be an extremely productive place to catch prespawn bass. Try mid-lake areas for prespawn fish

Joel Munday likes to fish the mid-lake area of Falls of Neuse during the prespawn.

“Areas between New Light Creek and the NC 50 bridge with some wind can be really productive during the prespawn,” he said. “Any rocky, main-lake or secondary point can be good.


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Seven tips to better long-line trolling

Like spider-rigging, having success in long-line trolling takes dedication in order to get a system that works for your boat and your setup. Try these seven tips will help you become a better long liner.

• Don’t stop. Unlike tight-lining, in long-lining, the speed of the boat determines the depth of the baits/lures. Stopping over underwater cover too long will cause you to lose your religion when every line hangs up at once.


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Crappie fishermen who tight-line need special equipment ó rods and rod-holder systems that will hold them. Tools of the tight-line trade

Getting started tight-lining for crappie requires advanced preparation. Admittedly, that also means a moderate investment. The combination of gear and tackle makes a boat uniquely crappie-oriented, although most of the accessories can have multiple species applications.


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Shallow, stained water is the ticket for catching Lake Wylie bass on spinnerbaits. Go over to the dark side

For many anglers, night time is the right time for catching bass, and March is a great time to doing it in the dark on Wylie.

“Some fish are already shallow, and a lot of fish that are suspending on secondary points will come in and cruise the shallows at dusk, and they all seem to let their guard down a little bit once the sun goes down,” said Mike Stone, who fishes Lake Wylie more than a hundred days a year.

The lake is also less crowded at night, as most anglers prefer to leave while it’s still light out. Stone said they are missing out on some of the best fishing Wylie has to offer, and some of the best bass fishing —day or night — in the Carolinas.


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High water thatís stained to dirty is a big draw for Lake Wylie bass looking to head for the shallows. High water is an anglerís friend

March is typically a rainy month, and as part of the Catawba River system, Lake Wylie gets local rain as well as rain and melting snow from the waterways well upstream, which means anglers will get to fish their share of high water this month.

For fishermen like Mike Stephens of Charlotte, that’s a blessing.

“When I fish Lake Wylie in March, I want it to be high water,” said Stephens, who won a Carolinas Bass Classic event on Wylie last March during a period of high water. “These bass have spawning on their minds, and a lot of them are shallow, just waiting for the right water temperature to spawn. Some are at different depths and random locations in or just outside of the creeks.†


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Riprapped banks cover plenty of Lake Wylieís shoreline, and fishermen need to target them in March. Riprap is big key at Wylie

The large rocks that line much of Lake Wylie’s shoreline are called riprap, and plenty of it is submerged below the surface. Marc Deschenes said this creates a food chain that anglers can take advantage of.

“Crayfish love to hide in the crevices, and algae grows along the rocks, attracting baitfish, which attract bigger fish,” said Deschenes, who targets bass around these rocks with a jig and crawdad chunk trailer. The trailer adds size to the jig, aids the lure’s buoyancy and helps it flutter slowly to the bottom like a real crawdad or injured fish would.


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